by Marty Zier
The Vikings golf team hosted their first home match against Mt. Vernon Christian on March 28. Coach Bobby Olmsted said the weather cooperated – unlike the ferries.
“The weather held but the contest will go down as a ‘no contest’ because the players were not able to complete nine holes because the Hurricanes had to run to the ferry,” he said. “I still was able to see some improvement in some of the players and for some, it was their first match. The players are improving weekly and they have a difficult road in front of them. But they are working hard and having fun during practice.”
The Vikings face a tough inter-island rival on April 6.
“They will need to crack down for Lopez Island this Thursday, who is always a tough opponent,” said Olmsted. “We hope to get 18 holes in but we shall see how they are playing. I am impressed with everyone’s game and the fact that they all are showing signs of significant improvement.”
The Viking baseball team beat the Concrete Lions 15-6 on March 30 and face La Conner at home for a double header April 11.
The Lady Vikings softball team start their season against La Conner as well on April 11.
The Orcas Island Rowing hosted Lake Stevens’ Rowing Club for the annual Dual Duel Regatta at Cascade Lake and Island Madness Indoor Rowing Fest (I-MIRF) held at Camp Orkila on March 25-26.
Orcas and Lake Stevens competed in 11 different novice and varsity crew races Saturday morning with the Orcas rowers competing very well. Luke Pietsch and Joie Zier both won their individual Varsity 1x races while Devon Mann and Anneke Fleming won the Women’s Varsity 2x and Pietsch and Henry McMurry won the Men’s Varsity 2x. In the coxless Women’s Varsity 4x- Zier stroked Oliva Brunner-Gaydos, Mann and Flemming to a win while in the Men’s Varsity 4x- Pietsch stroked Ciaran O’Neil, Avery Bishop-Martin and McMurry to a second place finish.
Orcas Island Rowing heads to Lake Stevens for the Spring Sprint Regatta next weekend.